Graduate Blog

To submit an item for the graduate blog, email Joan Christian.

October 5, 2016

2017 Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship

The Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship is a $20,000 award that aims to foster an appreciation of the aesthetic potential in the structural design of buildings and bridges by enabling a gifted graduate to experience works of architecture and engineering first hand. The Foundation hopes that the Fellow will in turn influence the practice and teaching of structural engineering in the future. More information can be found at:

If you are interested in a nomination for this fellowship through the CEE Department please submit the below materials to Joan Christian (, by Friday, November 11.

We request that every student who applies for this nomination send us:

       CV/Resume        Short Passage about your travel Ideas        Graduation Date


October 5, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016
10:30 a.m. to noon
Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Join the Graduate College for the inaugural Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. The focus of the ceremony is the formal "hooding" of doctoral degree recipients, often by their faculty advisers. Each year, approximately 500 students receive their doctoral degrees in August and December. This ceremony offers doctoral degree recipients, along with faculty mentors, an opportunity to celebrate their achievement closer to the time of degree completion.

Read more about the decision to pilot a Doctoral Hooding ceremony.


Doctoral students (PhD, EdD, JSD, DMA and AudD) are eligible to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony if they graduated in August 2016 or will finish the degree requirements for December 2016. Participants must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by the December doctoral deposit deadline (5 p.m. on Friday, December 2) in order to participate in the Doctoral hooding ceremony.

To register please go to

October 5, 2016

The Writers Workshop has several openings for graduate writing consultants for Spring 2017.  Our graduate consultants normally receive 33%, 25%, or 17% assistantships which require 13, 10, or 7 hours a week, respectively. Other requirements include a two-day orientation in January and 3-4 staff meetings during the semester. More information about the position is attached.

To apply, please send a letter of application, cv, and writing sample. The letter should include a description of your teaching, tutoring, and/or writing experience (we are always seeking consultants with science or technical writing experience). Also indicate your expected graduation date.

Please send your materials to Dr. Carolyn Wisniewski, Director of the Writers Workshop, at by Monday, October 10. Put "Grad Consultant" in the subject line. We will schedule interviews in mid-October. We look forward to meeting you!



October 3, 2016

Date and Time: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 4:00pm

Location: Grainger Auditorium, Electrical and Computer Engineering Building

Abstract: The University of Illinois boasts collaboration with China’s higher education dating back more than 100 years.  The new joint Zhejiang University/University of Illinois Institute in China takes this to a unique level, bringing an Illinois perspective on teaching and research to densely-populated Zhejiang province.  This presentation describes a brand new campus and new programs that promise big future change in China.  Multidisciplinary work in electric transportation, intelligent infrastructure, atomic-scale materials, and high-performance computing drives new growth opportunities.  The Institute has many ways for Illinois students and faculty to exchange, collaborate, and lead in China.  The talk discusses transitioning growth in high-speed rail systems, massive infrastructure, and advanced technologies.  Fundamental challenges in China are described, including massive congestion, environmental problems, and growing aspirations of the population.  The tasks of translating these challenges into engineering education and research success are discussed.  Joining us for a wide-ranging discussion of these international opportunities are the two deans of the Institute, Philip Krein and Er-Ping Li.

September 28, 2016

The Illinois Department of Transportation is accepting applications for 87 engineering positions!  These positions are located throughout the state and feature a wide variety of job duties.  Information is available on the IDOT web site:

The deadline to apply is October 7.